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Suspect [Hardcover]

Robert Crais
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Book Description

11 April 2013

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Eight months ago, a shocking late-night assault by unidentified men killed his partner Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner.

Maggie is not doing so well, either. A German shepherd who survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing out explosives before losing her handler to an IED.

They are each other's last chance. Shunned and shunted to the side, they set out to investigate the one case that no one wants them to touch: the identity of the men who murdered Stephanie. What they begin to find is nothing like what Scott has been told, and the journey will take them both through the darkest moments of their own personal hells. Whether they will make it out again, no one can say.

Suspect is the explosive new masterpiece from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409126587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409126584
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert Crais is the author of the bestselling Cole & Pike novels. A native of Louisiana, Crais moved to Hollywood in the late 70s where he began a successful career in television, writing scripts for such major series as Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues. In the mid 80s, following his success with the TV buddy genre, Crais created a series of crime novels based around the characters Cole & Pike. In addition, Crais has also written several bestselling standalone thrillers. Robert Crais lives in LA with his wife and family.

Here are the Elvis Cole novels in series order:

The Monkey's Raincoat
Stalking the Angel
Lullaby Town
Free Fall
Voodoo River
Sunset Express
Indigo Slam
L. A. Requiem
The Last Detective
The Forgotten Man
The Watchman
Chasing Darkness

Stand-alone novels:

Demolition Angel
The Two Minute Rule
The First Rule

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"a touching relationship between man and dog." (THE SUN)

Robert Crais is, without question, one of the very best mystery writers of all time. And in Elvis Cole and Joe Pike he has created two of the most iconic figures in any genre (David Baldacci)

Maggie is one gorgeous girl, altogether worthy of playing a leading role in SUSPECT, Robert Crais's heart-tugging novel about two wounded war veterans who nudge each other back to life after suffering a traumatic loss . . . [Maggie] holds us captive, enthralled by Crais's perceptive depiction of her amazing capabilities. (NEW YORK TIMES)

Thoroughly involving and skillfully presented . . . A read-in-one-sitting thriller, plot- and character-driven

in equal measures


It takes a brave writer to try not to have animals upstage his story, and Crais makes it work almost immediately; the prologue in Afghanistan is superbly judged. He makes Maggie a real character with some of the most touching writing I've read in the crime field in ages. Using animal point of view is equally risky, but again, Crais pulls it off... a bravura piece of writing. (IRRESISTIBLE TARGETS)

"Not only exciting but also deeply moving." (Mark Sanderson SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

An intriguing stand-alone thriller... Crais has created an unsentimental, page-riffling read that grips the reader. (Myles McWeeney IRISH INDEPENDENT)

Another heart wrenching read from Crais which makes you want more. (LIFESTYLE NORTH EAST)

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The brilliant new standalone thriller from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crais back on form 21 Jan 2013
I have to admit that I've found the last couple of Robert Crais books slightly humdrum. Still better than most but by his own standards not that good. This book however is a belter! I don't know why anyone hasn't had this idea before (if they have - apologies) but to introduce the K9 department as the.mainstay of the book is a stroke of genius (only slight hyperbole there) There is genuine tension in the plot, the characterisation, if that's the right way to put it, of Maggie the dog is rather splendidly done, not maudlin or twee but gritty and sympathetic and the humans are well painted as well. OK there are certain elements that are maybe a bit melodramatic but overall this is a very believable, slightly unusual page-turner of a book if you'll excuse the cliche. Perfect winter reading.

Edit: I got this book as a brand new large format paperback at an Oxfam Bookshop which may be a review copy as I note that the book apparently doesn't actually go on sale until April. If so make the above read "perfect Springtime reading"
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Heartwarming Crime and Detection Story 26 Feb 2013
"But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion." -- Ecclesiastes 9:4 (NKJV)

Most crime and detective stories ratchet up the horror as a way to escape from having to write an entertaining story. In doing so, the victims are usually carted off the the morgue in a trail of blood and guts. After reading about the details of their autopsies, we don't hear or think much about them.

Robert Crais has written a much different kind of story. His narrators (LA police officer Scott James and former Marine, the German shepherd Maggie) are both victims of violence who carry the scars on their bodies and in their memories. Lacking the kind of physical strength they had before being badly injured, they draw on courage to do their best. Will it be enough?

The story has enough heart in it to carry three and a half stories to great success, yet the book doesn't seem overdone. There's an authenticity in caring about those who are severely harmed in the line of duty that makes this book stirring in many ways.

As someone who loves dogs, but doesn't know a great deal about German shepherds and war dogs, I was impressed by how deftly the necessary information was inserted to fill me in. I thought it was sheer brilliance to have Maggie narrate parts of the story.

If anyone will complain about this book, it will be that the mystery and detection seem a little more clumsily written than might have been expected. I'm sure you'll figure out who did what to whom and why. But that felt like a minor matter to me compared with the fun of reading the story and being encouraged by it.

Bravo, Mr. Crais!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 16 April 2013
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I have always enjoyed Robert Crais and this book was one of his best. I loved the way he described Magie's thoughts and the interaction with others, read this book, you will not be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too predictable 11 Jun 2013
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Readable story bu didn't stretch the imagination. Not one of Robert,s best.Try some of his other books - much better
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another disappointment 30 May 2013
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Another so- so delivery by an author who rally should and in the past has done good things.
The concept is sound and the novel begins well but all too soon fades into what has become since L.A. Requiem aseries of mediocre works.
I have read all Crais novels but have been underwhelmed of late.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars summary 27 May 2013
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It did not seem to be up to his usual standard of storytelling, Deviates from his usual heroes and storytelling, I found rather disappointing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars full of suspense 22 April 2013
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i have read all of Robert Crais books, i missed the humour of Elvis Cole, and style of writing the author uses in that series, but i couldn't put this down, i hate suspense and this is full of it! A great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspect...An excellent story. 16 April 2013
By Steve
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Very well written in typical Crisis style.Very difficult to put down...even to answer the telephone outdoor!!!
Well worth the money , stillbreathless.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime in USA
I am a real Crais fan and loved the diversion that this book provided.
Published 8 days ago by Mrs. C. E. Pegler
4.0 out of 5 stars Man and dog
This is a good book where a damaged dog and handler help each other. The relation between the handler and dog is well done and interesting. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Rf And Tm Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars One if my favorite writers. Everyone should read him - his detective...
One if my favorite writers . Everyone should read him - his detective Elvis Cole books are fantastic.
Published 16 days ago by Olive mason
5.0 out of 5 stars not elvis or pike but excellent
Excellent read! Fast paced and I was unable to put it down! Would highly recommend this book to long standing fans or new readers of Robert Crais.
Published 21 days ago by Kateunifi
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story of companionship
I'm a big fan of Robert Crais and this book does not disappoint. His writing style is very emotional but addictive and when paired with a dog (I'm a dog man!) this book is lovely. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Dimebar
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winning read
Whats not too like in a Crais book. Informative entertaining and riveting
Published 1 month ago by Merewoodman
5.0 out of 5 stars My, Crais is in the big league now
Roger Taylor, Marlow, UK.
Don't get me wrong, I love Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, and I thought Taken was their best escapade yet, but this is another level. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roger Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book
Really enjoyed this book. Maggie was portrayed brilliantly but I suspect the initial 'meet' would have happened slightly differently! Good story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harts
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book. Didn't want it to end and felt like I knew Scott and Maggie personally. A must read - especially if you own a GS as I do and love this breed of dog. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lesley Kilroy
1.0 out of 5 stars A real dog of a book
One of the poorest books I have read for some time. Well partly read. The attempt to illustrate the relationship between dog and handler was boring and pretentious. Read more
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